Quote of the Day, June 28, 2012
The needs and challenges of adolescent/young fathers should be a central concern of policy makers committed to addressing the problem of intergenerational poverty, both for the sake of teen fathers and for the sake of their children. As teens, these young men are grappling with the lack of education, low skills and early parenting responsibilities that can keep them locked into poverty. Likewise, their children, as the offspring of teen parents, are likely to be born into poverty and to cycle in and out of poverty their entire lives.
These young fathers, however, have the potential to play a significant role in breaking these cycles of poverty. As a society, we squander that potential by not investing in workforce development and family court policies, especially those concerning child support, which would undergird these fathers’ long-term economic success. Ultimately, if teen fathers fail, so, in the vast majority of cases, will their children.
– an excerpt from the Resilience Advocacy Project‘s new report on how paying greater attention to the needs and potential of low-income adolescent and young fathers can help break the cycle of poverty. Read a summary of the report here.
Read Barbara Ehrenreich’s Preying on the Poor for more on how the poor are often used as Piggy Banks.